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North Myrtle Beach Man Sentenced for Manufacturing Marijuana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30 , 2013

Contact Person: Nick Bianchi (843) 727-4381

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Christopher Harris was sentenced today in federal court in Charleston for manufacturing and possessing with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1). Senior United States District Judge C. Weston Houck sentenced Harris to 240 months imprisonment to be followed by 8 years supervised release.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that authorities had warrants charging Harris with manufacturing marijuana when he was arrested at his home in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while operating a marijuana grow. Further investigation revealed that Harris was also involved in a large-scale marijuana grow operation in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Harris had multiple prior drug convictions, as well as a prior kidnaping conviction.

After Harris pled guilty in federal court, he removed his court-ordered electronic monitor and fled to Buriram, Thailand, on December 29, 2011. Through the efforts of the United States Marshal Service, Harris was located and arrested by the Royal Thai Police Immigration Bureau on June 1, 2012. He was then extradited back to the United States and remained in custody until his sentencing.

Mr. Nettles stated that the case was investigated by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit, the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, the Summerville Police Department, and the United States Marshal Service. Assistant United States Attorney Nick Bianchi of the Charleston office handled the case.

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